The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) is the national governing body for aquatic sports in India. Legally, it is a non-profit association registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1861. The Federation holds elections for its office bearers every four years.The SFI currently oversees competition in the sports of swimming, masters swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, high diving, and water polo. It is affiliated to FINA, and the Asian Swimming Federation (ASF).
The SFI was formed by the merger of the National Swimming Association (NSA) and the Indian Swimming Federation (ISF) in 1948. Prior to the merger, the NSA and ISF had been engaged in disputes. While the Calcutta-based NSA received affiliation from FINA in 1932-33, the ISF had the support of the Indian Olympic Association. The Union Government intervened to resolve the dispute by merging the two entities to form the SFI.
In July 2017, FINA presented a certificate to Virendra Nanavati during the 17th FINA World Championship in honour of his services to the discipline
Who Are We
The SFI is responsible for promoting and managing Aquatic Sports in India.
Our aim is to provide an ecosystem for athletes from India to excel at the International level in Aquatic sports.
What We Do
In addition to managing the sport in India SFI conducts multiple clinics for coaches and technical officials and provides FINA scholorships to potential athletes..
Glenmark Aquatic Foundation, The non profit CSR initiative of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited has entered into a long term agreement with SFI to transform the sport of swimming in India. GAF and SFI would work together in enhancing the ecosystem of swimming in India through Sponsorship of National Events, Coach Education and Scientific development with an eye to produce champions from India at the International stage.
The Glenmark Junior and Sub Junior Aquatic Championships is generally held in late June or early July and festures events in the U-17, U-14, U-11 and U-10 Eventd
The Glenmark Senior National Aquatic Championships is the biggest National Championships in aquatic Sport. A FINA recognized event timings established here are accepted as entry times in FINA meets and Olympics.
The National Club Championships is an initiative of SFI to provide Junior and Sub Junior swimmers with an opportunity to compete representing their club hence providing more avenues for participation.
SFI annually conducts a masters championships enabling competitive swimmers of all ages to compete in their favourite sport. Winners from the National Championships represent India in the FINA World Masters Championships
The SFI has over the years hosted multiple Asian level tournaments in India including the SAAF games and the Asian Age Group Championships. The Asian Age Group Championships 2019 will be hosted in BEngaluru in September 2019
The SFI provides technical support to the National Games and Khelo India Games.